Phil Dotson: He never met a fan that he didn't like. Perhaps no one knew Lorenzen better than Phil Dotson, Wright's best friend and fraternity brother at the University of Memphis. And you know, for Max at age 11, this is a hero, a real-life hero that he gets to be in the gym with. It turns out though, that more money meant more problems. Bill Adkins: They both, unfortunately, liked to spend. …Most married couples have trouble with lack of finances.
Phil Dotson: That Sunday evening we had gone to pick up his son -- Lorenzen Jr. Phil Dotson: And, I ended up droppin' him off that night at about p.m. And when I dropped him off, he said, "Let me go in here and deal with this. I can't reach him." And I said, "Well, I figured he might just be outta town, he's not answerin' the phone call." So-- I reached out to him as well, and didn't hear anything back.
And I'll give you a call later."But Lorenzen never called his friend that night. Two days after dropping off Lorenzen at his ex-wife's home, his friend, Phil Dotson got an unexpected call. After not hearing from her son for more than 48 hours, Deborah Marion filed a missing persons report with the police.
April Thompson, an investigative reporter at WREG, the CBS affiliate in Memphis, was on this story from the start.
And that caused severe issues between him and his wife.
But it was a family tragedy in 2003 that would break Lorenzen's heart and eventually his marriage for good.